Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Graduate Minneapolis is a professional hotel where intellectual curiosity meets a favorite place to stay. This sought-after venue has been part of the wedding industry since 2013. The industrial venue specializes in unique weddings, making them memorable for each couple and all guests.
Facilities and Capacity
The venue’s lush lake house landscape is complemented by dottings of forest green, woodland toile, and details of plum paisley and Corvette red to bring guests’ home. The lobby is usually a lounge-central for students to compete in serious air hockey tournaments or eat from the roving food carts serving local flavor. Whether guests are mingling amid the cozy communal tables or by the dramatic fireplace, the venue and its woodsy backdrop offer a unique atmosphere perfect for a joyous occasion. From the Graduate’s grand Meridian Ballroom to the intimate and elegant Pinnacle Ballroom, the hotel has the perfect spaces for couples to host their wedding. The Meridian Ballroom, their most spacious event location, is ideal for bigger celebrations, accommodating up to 350 guests. The grand and elegant room is located in the east wing of the mezzanine level, offering a large pre-function area to greet guests, along with access to a private outdoor terrace. Ideal for smaller gatherings, the Pinnacle Ballroom, located in the west wing of the mezzanine level and also offering pre-function space, can host up to 150 guests and can continue the fun outside on the outdoor terrace. The hotel also boasts the Pathways Room, ideal for meeting or pre-function gatherings, the Focus Room, several breakout rooms, and the Primp Room, featuring an elegant lounge area complete with a luxe sitting space and grand mirrors to get ready in.
Whether couples are celebrating their special day as an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top bash, the Graduate Minneapolis is guaranteed to make the occasion unforgettable. From setup and cleanup to event planning, the Graduate offers numerous services so couples can enjoy their special day. Couples also receive in-house catering, lighting and sound, and event rentals, including decorations, furniture, linens, and china. Other accommodations provided include:
The Graduate’s creative culinary team will work with couples to concept custom menus and recipes that perfectly reflect each soon-to-be-wed couple. They offer full-service banquets and their signature food carts, providing a delicious touch. From Middle Eastern to Caribbean cuisine, the team offers a wide range of regional food in different presentations, including buffets, stations, family-style, hors d'oeuvres, and plated meals. The venue can also accommodate dietary needs with vegetarian/vegan options and lactose, nut, and gluten-free meals. Their other catering abilities include:
Nestled in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus between Coffman Memorial Union and a stone's throw from the Gopher’s stadium, Graduate Minneapolis is just a short walk from local businesses, the Mississippi River, and beautiful parks. The gorgeous venue is only two miles from the magic of downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, making all occasions easily accessible and close to plenty of entertainment and activity options.
31 Reviews for Graduate Minneapolis
Recommended by 99% of couples
12 User photos
Joe Wax · Married on 09/07/2019
Everything about the graduate was absolutely wonderful. Very professional, very helpful. Every interaction with them made our prior planning and day of celebration easier. Great experience and great value. Would definitely recommend using them for you wedding venue!Sent on 09/10/2019
Graduate Minneapolis's reply:Thank you for the kind words, Joe! We are so honored we were able to be a part of your special day! Wishing you all the best!
Monica · Married on 08/03/2019
We were so happy with The Graduate Hotel for our engagement party! Everyone there listened to us, were quick to reply and very accommodating/helpful. Especially Michael, he was really great! The location of the ballroom was nice as well, many of our guests had the option to be inside or outside on their patio which worked out well for a Minnesota summer!Sent on 06/22/2018
Graduate Minneapolis's reply:Thanks for the great review Monica! It was a pleasure helping you and Div celebrate your engagement and wishing you both all the best with your wedding next year.
Claire · Married on 07/27/2019
Beautiful Venue - Amazing Food
Our event was amazing! Great food, beautiful venue, and excellent staff. We had a lot of guests from out of town and the classy, Minnesota-themed hotel was the perfect place to host them. We also had our rehearsal dinner in the Top Golf Suite, and it was a casual, fun balance to an elegant reception dinner the next day.Sent on 08/07/2019
Graduate Minneapolis's reply:Thank you for the review, Claire! We're so happy we were able to be a part of your special day! Wishing you and Andrew all the best!
Graduate Minneapolis Price Rates
Book your wedding in September by 3/31/2020 and receive a 4th perk!
Ask our Wedding Specialist for additional details.
Book your new 2020 Wedding by 3/31/2020 and choose 3 perks:
-Waived Ceremony Fee
-Upgrade One-Bedroom Suite to Presidential Suite
-One-Bedroom Suite for 2 Nights (night before and night of wedding)
-Suite upgrades at standard discounted block rate for parents
-Valet parking for the wedding couple & parents
-Additional tray-passed hors d' oeuvres
-Late Night Snack (Cookies, Brownies, and Bars)
-Late Night Coffee Service
-1 Hour at our TopGolf Swing Suite for Wedding Party (day of event, limit of 8 guests)
-Upgraded Post-Wedding Brunch (with purchase of Continental Breakfast)
Book your wedding on a Saturday November-April and receive a complimentary upgrade from our Silver Package to Gold or choose to the Platinum Package and receive $10 off per person.
RSVP to our free Wedding Showcase here:
See our ballrooms with sample wedding sets, hors d' oeuvres and beverages available and meet with some of our favorite vendors!
Commons Hotel are fantastic at what they do! They really appreciate and always work to reach everyone's needs. The team there were so helpful and really worked hard to make everything perfect!
We are always happy to work with Brenda Picasso at The Commons Hotel!
The Commons Hotel is a fantastic place to have your reception. Beautiful Venue and Friendly Staff.